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While you’re Managing by Walking Around, throw in a dose of Managing by Walking in Their Shoes. The entire nation has witnessed what leaders can learn by spending time on the front lines, thanks to reality show “Undercover Boss.”

Ever feel like you’re the unofficial “shock absorber” in your organization, soaking up the complaints and abuse from all corners of the workplace? A recent study says many HR professionals serve such a role. These tactics can help you confront the workplace bullies who make HR their target.

Social networks are all about sharing: news, images, accomplishments, questions, recommendations and of-the-moment nuggets of information. Here’s a humorous (and accurate) take on the difference between social media tools:

Great bosses aren't born, they're made. Becoming a great boss requires honest self-analysis and periodic reassessments. The following check­­list was designed to guide you in that analysis. Use it to take stock of your people skills. Be honest with yourself.

“Is anyone receiving raises?” That’s what one admin asked recently. “I’ve been told performance reviews will be coming up soon. I want to be prepared. How do you bring it up? How do you know how much to ask for? I’d like to stay in this position, but I’m only making ends meet.”

As you gear up for employees’ summer vacation requests, remember that the FLSA has a lot to say about working hours, calculating overtime when employees take a day off during the week, and uniform policies. Here’s help navigating these choppy waters.
Beyond simple pie charts, bar and column charts, you can create an additional layer of information in your Excel charts. Two such techniques are a secondary axis and trendlines.
Certain taxpayers can’t make annual contributions to a Roth if their income is too high. But there’s a clever way to get around this obstacle. Go in through the “back door”: Make nondeductible contributions to a traditional IRA and then convert that IRA into a Roth IRA.

In a sample group of 65 CEOs, executives spent 18 hours of a 55-hour work­­week in meetings, plus three hours in phone calls and five hours in business meals. For this lot, working in solitary mode averaged just six hours weekly. CEOs say they wish they had more solo thinking time to ponder strategy ...

It’s not up to most managers to write a company’s discipline policy. But it's a manager’s responsibility to interpret, implement and enforce it in a consistent and fair manner. How well do you know your discipline do’s and don’ts? Take this quiz to find out.
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